Incorrect fuel in your Volvo S70D? Petrol in your Diesel Volvo?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a common mistake to make. And what you have to do about it is dependent upon an assortment of factors. In the event that you want to find out what you should do to fix it then please read on.
Let us discuss the main factors to to consider when deciding whether or not to have your car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Petrol did you put in the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo S70D is in most cases approximately 68 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Petrol, less than 3.4 litres of Petrol in a Diesel S70D will in most cases not necessarily be a massive problem. Experience has proven to us that anything less than 3.4 litres (approximately 5% of the fuel tank) is oftentimes able to be adequately diluted simply by wholly filling the tank with the right fuel.
      It's very uncommon to find a motor vehicle suffering from difficulties due to under 5% wrong fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is unusual - in no way impossible to encounter. You can get a few automobiles that won't endure any degree of contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 3.4 and 6.8 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our expertise has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with it as those who don't. Whenever you are trying to decide whether to chance it and just top it up bear in mind that it is the same as gambling everything on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything more than 6.8 litres of Petrol in a Diesel S70D must as soon as possible be drained since your likelihood of driving with that amount of contamination is almost certainly below one in fifty - truly long odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any performance concerns since putting the wrong fuel in your S70D? In that case, get it drained regardless of the amount of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run driving a motor vehicle that is beginning to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely result in even more damage affecting your fuel system components.
  3. Do you want reassurance?
    Simply get it removed. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always a certain level of risk in connection with operating a Diesel vehicle on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Likely implications of driving on the incorrect fuel normally include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, etc. These are several of the most typical Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and should you notice any of them then stop and get it removed as soon as possible.

Keep away from getting any jack-of-all-trades to try to drain your vehicle. We are Volvo experts and have got the accreditation and expertise needed to ensure that you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

By mistake put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo S70D?

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Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting nationwide cover, for Volvo motorists in particular. We mostly attend to:

  • Unleaded petrol in a Diesel Vehicle
  • Diesel in your Unleaded Petrol Vehicle
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water contamination

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Volvo vehicles. Whether or not it is at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you on the road once again.

The Process

The procedure of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel car is basically similar for the majority of vehicles. Naturally it can vary slightly as every make has their own fuel system. Even so it still basically adheres to the below principles:

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Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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Vehicle Restart

Get the car up and running again

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Petrol in Diesel FAQs

When someone has put Petrol in a Diesel car they have a few very common questions. So we have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions for you

I put Petrol in a Diesel car and drove it. What do I do?


Turn off the car as soon as possible and call us. Continuing to run a vehicle on the wrong fuel can potentially damage it. We will be able to give you advice and assistance based on your circumstances

Will driving a Diesel car on Petrol cause damage to it?


It can. However, if the problem is caught and remedied quickly the risks will be minimal. Of the 1,500 vehicles we attend every month, less than 0.5% have suffered and substantial damage requiring parts replacement.

How much Petrol can I get away with in a Diesel car?


The safe answer is none. However you might be able to get away with a very low contamination ratio. That being said, we always highly recommend draining anything over a 5% contamination ratio asap.

I know about petrol in diesel, but what about Super Unleaded?


Putting Super Unleaded, or Shell V-Power, BP Ultimate Unleaded, etc, will have the exact same effect as putting regular unleaded petrol in your diesel car and will need to be drained out and flushed.

Will getting you to do a fuel drain void my warranty?


No! The EU Block Exemption Regulations clearly state that "the work can be carried out by as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts and correctly follows the manufacturer's service schedule."

Can I top it up with Diesel and add some 2-stroke oil?


This might work on some vehicles in some cases, but in the majority on instances it won't and you risk damaging the Lambda sensors as well as fuel pump and injectors, just as a regular misfuel.

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